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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Presence of God – O most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, I beg you to purify my senses so that I may begin to enjoy God even while I am on earth. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we contemplate today assumed body and soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has preceded us in all the fullness... Read More

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from the first moment of her conception,... Read More

Spiritual Compass for the New Evangelization

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Editor’s note:  Today, we introduce you, our readers, to Dr. Peter Howard, a professor with the Avila Institute and an expert on Mariology and Venerable Fulton Sheen.  Please welcome him warmly! It is often the case that, after the Easter season, there is a spiritual let-down as we sigh and return to “Ordinary Time”. However, the great line up of major feast days immediately following Pentecost... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Editor’s Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your mediation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity—except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy before the Lord, at... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Lk 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the needs of others, that as soon as she hears of them, she... Read More

The Mother of God

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Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. All Mary’s greatness... Read More

Celebrating the Greatest Mother Ever – Happy Mother’s Day Mary!

May 11, 2014 by  
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 Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Please take a moment to thank God for Mary and ask her to intercede for your mother!   About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and... Read More

Is God’s Greatest Creation Lucifer or the Blessed Virgin Mary?

May 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Mary

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Father Fortea, is God’s greatest creation Lucifer or the Blessed Virgin Mary? A.  Before this question can be answered, we have to understand that Lucifer (which means “morning star”) was the angelic name of that angel before he rebelled against God and became a demon. I say “angel” because, while most theologians consider Lucifer to be synonymous with Satan, some think that he is a demon... Read More

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